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What does Wifi Connection mean?

Started 1323352953.85 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1323382772.23 by keep~growing

Please help, I am totally in the dark ages when it comes to anything technical. I want to purchase the new Nook that got so many rave reviews. It says you have to have a Wifi connection - what exactly is that? I have a desk top (dell) computer in my home, that is all.

Thank you.

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dooneymom1323353210.823346 PostsRegistered 4/12/2007

Do you have a wireless router? You need one I'm sure to get Wi-fi. It just means that you don't have a wire to coneect to the internet, it's wireless. There are hot spots...coffee shops, libraries, airports where you can get online thru their wi-fi. Having it in your home means you can be anywhere and get online. HTH Smile

autumnsuns­et1323354028.642401 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

donneymom is right you need a wireless router we just bought the new Nook and you will love it. The best router to get is a Cisco we bought it from qvc it's blue & white color so easy to connect I can go anywhere in our apt with the Nook. Happy Holidays enjoy your new Nook.

loveour4le­ggedfriends1323356271.752551 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

My computer plugs in so I guess I am not wireless. I am going to the B&N in my neighborhood to check it out and have them walk me through the entire thing, compare price and go from there. I am an avid reader (1-2 books a week), but love Amazon to purchase all my books. Was reluctant to get a Kindle as I like the idea of going directly to the B&N store should any problems arise. Wish my luck!

autumnsuns­et1323356999.072401 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 12/8/2011 loveour4leggedfriends said:

My computer plugs in so I guess I am not wireless. I am going to the B&N in my neighborhood to check it out and have them walk me through the entire thing, compare price and go from there. I am an avid reader (1-2 books a week), but love Amazon to purchase all my books. Was reluctant to get a Kindle as I like the idea of going directly to the B&N store should any problems arise. Wish my luck!

Good luck if you get a Nook you will love it the color is so pretty in magazines just make sure you get a router for wireless we bought the Cisco from qvc so easy to connect.

I love B&N the people in the stores are so nice if you have any problems they will help you.

jackthebear1323359048.485883 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
Idacat1323364538.5074707 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!

If you have only a desktop computer and want to use WiFi for an ereader or similar device you will need a router AND PROBABLY a wireless card for your computer. Notebooks, netbooks, and laptops come with wireless cards, most desk tops do not. With most ereaders (I don't know about the new Nook), if you don't have WiFi there is a way to connect the reader to your computer via a usb connection to transfer books from the desktop to the reader.

glb6131323364961.35311073 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Why do you need the desktop to be wireless? Mine isn't and doesn't need to be.

happy hous­ewife1323368663.0232027 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007
On 12/8/2011 glb613 said:

Why do you need the desktop to be wireless? Mine isn't and doesn't need to be.

If she wants to use a E reader she needs it to be wireless not the desktop.

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rosie031323373163.57725 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007

you don't need to be wireless to read an ereader just to download books, if not wireless at home just go to a place that has wifi and down load there, mcdonalds, wendys, coffee shops lots of places. i believe this info is correct

Pearlbaby1323373396.2876340 PostsRegistered 12/2/2009

You can have a desk top the wifi comes through the phone or a router. If have in house everything will work. (Wii, computer, nook)

I have it and I have a desk top and lap top both work.

glb6131323382184.1211073 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 12/8/2011 morning lover said:
On 12/8/2011 glb613 said:

Why do you need the desktop to be wireless? Mine isn't and doesn't need to be.

If she wants to use a E reader she needs it to be wireless not the desktop.

Idacat posted she needs a wireless adapter for the desktop. That is my question, not about the e-reader.

keep~growi­ng1323382772.23402 PostsRegistered 11/8/2011
On 12/8/2011 autumnsunset said:

donneymom is right you need a wireless router we just bought the new Nook and you will love it. The best router to get is a Cisco we bought it from qvc it's blue & white color so easy to connect I can go anywhere in our apt with the Nook. Happy Holidays enjoy your new Nook.

ITA, and anything connected to the Internet - Nook, laptop computer, other - that you would like to take from room to room within your home - or take on errands/other with you - must be "wireless" to do so. That just means that all of the cords won't have to be plugged into the item order to operate like they're supposed to.

Of course, to save your battery or if it's running low, do keep the AC electrical cord plugged in so that it can recharge.;)

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